Column: It’s time to rein in Florida’s phosphate strip mining

Florida is starting to wake up to its massive phosphate mining problem.

Phosphate mining has not only scarred the face of Florida but created the perpetual threat of contaminated water being released into the Floridan Aquifer, which provides drinking water to millions of people.

Late last week broke the news that a massive sinkhole had opened up in a stack of waste at a Mosaic phosphate mine just 30 miles east of Tampa in New Wales. The sinkhole has already caused at least 215 million gallons of contaminated water to spill into the Floridan Aquifer. The spill had been going on for three weeks before the story broke.

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